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Project by MrWolfe posted 07-23-2019 10:45 PM 385 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box number 15 in my box building venture.
I’m calling this one Neapolitan like the three flavored ice cream.
This box is almost totally mystery wood reclaimed from a pallet. It was mostly yellow/green and very tight grained except for the figuring in the front panel. I also am not certain about the panel for the lid… hickory or maybe even pine. I used what I think is maybe walnut and cedar for the laminated “stripes” on the base and the lid.

Before I put the finish on the box, there was a really cool green, orange and purple color scheme going on but I knew that they would darken or change colors with the oil based finish I used. All the reclaimed wood was planed by hand and a L.V. smoothing plane then cut to size with a japanese pull saw. The miters were cut with the same plane but I used the 45 degree miter shooting board built for that plane. I thought about using splines for the miters but the base and the top have rabbets that the box sits in and will prevent joint failure. I really like the lid on this piece. It shows all the contrasting woods very well. This is the first decorative box or gift box that I’ve used hinges on. I used them on the tool boxes I’ve recently made for my chisels. I’m not sure how I like them on this box.

Finished with an oil based wipe on blend of equal parts tung oil, boiled linseed and oil based poly. I then applied clear shellac and rubbed it with #0000 steel wool and buffed it out with Johnsons Paste Wax.

It is about 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches deep and 5 1/2 inches tall.
Thanks for looking.
Mr Wolfe





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 07-23-2019 10:51 PM

Nice, but the box looks just a little too tall (or under-wide) to my eye. Can’t quite nail down why, but that was my first impression. Still a nice combination, though.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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MrWolfe

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 11:02 PM

Thanks Dave,
I know what you mean about the proportions. I thought the same when building it but visually I felt that was resolved with the arcs cut on the base. I get it though.
Thanks for the input.
jon

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 11:29 PM

I just thought well he didn’t wait to build that bigger box, but it’s about the same size. Maybe it’s got it’s Winter coat on?

I like that knotty stuff right out front. Embrace the imperfections… Plus it’s got feet. I love feet, so many boxes don’t get off the ground. Hardly any of them have legs, but ya gotta have feet.

I like the 3 way finish. I usually do MS, BLO, and Poly when I mix. I may have to play with some of that tung stuff. Probably I’ll use Walnut oil. I hardly trust tung oil, so many say it doesn’t exist.

Jon, are you awake all night? Just cranking stuff out you are.

-- Think safe, be safe

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 07-23-2019 11:38 PM

Ha SteveN!!!
Night time is about the only time I can work in this heat. I just do finishes during the day. By noon its about 95 degrees in the shop and the fans just blow that heat around. I’ve been making the boxes two and three at a time so I just switch back and forth between them. I am getting faster though.

I’ve just started number 16 today between doing the finish on the two I posted earlier.
It’ll be dovetails and I’m just trying to do the one this time.
I got 100% tung oil online if you’re interested.
100% Pure Tung Oil

not too expensive and it smells nice.
jon

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 07-24-2019 02:38 AM

It just started being reasonable here late Sunday. It’s been a dream in the shop Monday, and today. I’m hoping it gets stuck where it’s at.

-- Think safe, be safe

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